Weekend Events: Bones, Stars and Crafts

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Friday, April 24: Forensic Friday

Join Smithsonian forensic anthropologists as they study new cases from America’s historic past. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask the forensic anthropologists questions and observe first-hand the basic methods used for documenting human remains recovered from archaeological investigations. Relates to the exhibit Written in Bone, which was recently covered in Smithsonian. Free. Repeats the fourth Friday of every month through June. Natural History Museum, 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 25: Saturday Star Party: Evening Telescope Viewing at Sky Meadows Park

Museum astronomer Sean O'Brien and local amateur astronomers bring out their high-power telescopes and share their knowledge of the night sky. Get away from the glare of city lights and see stars you never new existed. First, hear a presentation by a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador. Then, weather permitting, witness the thousands of stars that litter the dark night sky, and with the help off high-powered optics, view nearby planets and stars up close. Free but, parking is $4 per vehicle. Event is located at Sky Meadows State Park, near Paris, VA. National Air and Space Museum, 8:00-11:00 PM

Friday through Sunday, April 24-26: Smithsonian Craft Show

It's the 27th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show! There are some amazing sights to be seen as artists from all over the nation show off their exemplary skills. (And I should note that this is a juried show—a sure sign that all the artists are bringing their A-game.) From clothing to jewelry to ceramics—and everything in between—I guarantee you won't be able to find objets d'art like these once this show is gone. (And don't forget: Mother's Day is on the horizon and you may be able to find some unique gift ideas.) Tickets are required. Rates are: $15 general admission; $12 for SI Associates/Seniors/Military/Students. National Building Museum, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

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